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ANTHONY HOPKINS (Oakes) received an Academy Award® as Best Actor for his performance in "The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and was subsequently nominated in the same category for his performances in "The Remains of the Day" and "Nixon." He was also given the Best Actor Award by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) for "The Remains of the Day." In 1993, he starred in Richard Attenborough's "Shadowlands" with Debra Winger, winning numerous critics' awards in the U.S. and Britain. In 1998, he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Amistad."

In "Hannibal," the highly anticipated sequel to "Silence of the Lambs," Hopkins reprised his role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Upon its release, "Hannibal" broke box office records as the largest R-rated opening of all time, and third highest-grossing opening in box office history.

Hopkins also recently starred in the acclaimed "Hearts In Atlantis" for director Scott Hicks, recorded the narration for the mega-hit comedy "Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and starred in the forthcoming features "The Human Stain," and in "The Devil and Daniel Webster" co-starring and directed by Alec Baldwin.

In 1998, he starred in "Meet Joe Black," directed by Martin Brest and "Instinct," directed by Jon Turteltaub. In 1999, he starred in "Titus," Julie Taymor's film adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus with Jessica Lange.

In 1992, he starred in "Howard's End" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" before starring in "Legends of the Fall" and "The Road to Wellville." He made his directorial debut in 1995 with "August," an adaptation of Chekov's Uncle Vanya for which he composed the musical score and also played Vanya. He starred in the title role in "Surviving Picasso" and with Alec Baldwin in "The Edge," a dramatic adventure written by David Mamet and directed by Lee Tamahori. "The Mask of Zorro," directed by Martin Campbell and co-starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, was released in July 1998, and "Amistad," directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in December 1997.

Earlier films include "84 Charing Cross Road," "The Elephant Man," "Magic," "A Bridge Too Far," "The Bounty" and "Desperate Hours." In American television, he received two Emmy Awards, one for "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" in which he portrayed Bruno Hauptmann, and another for "The Bunker" in which he portrayed Adolph Hitler.

Born December 31, 1938 in Margam near Port Talbot Wales, he is the only child of Muriel and Richard Hopkins. His father was a baker. He was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School. At 17, he wandered into a YMCA amateur theatrical production and knew immediately that he was in the right place. With newfound enthusiasm, combined with proficiency at the piano, he won a scholarship to the Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff where he studied for two years (1955-1957).

He entered the British Army in 1958 for mandatory military training, spending most of the two-year tour of duty clerking the Royal Artillery unit at Bulford.

In 1960, he was invited to audition for Sir Laurence Olivier, then director of the National Theatre at the Old Vic. Two years la

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